What Are the Entry Requirements for Joining the USMC Enlisted Ranks?

The most basic requirements for joining the United States Marine Corps are being between the ages of 17 and 29 at the time of enlistment, being a documented legal resident of the country and having a high school diploma. Recruits also have to pass a physical examination.

The physical examines both medical health and basic physical fitness. Most life-threatening or contagious diseases or conditions disqualify an applicant from enlisting.

Single applicants must also have no dependents, and married applicants can have no more than two dependents. A spouse does not count as a dependent if they have their own income.

Special waivers are available for some requirements.